dealsle creuset signature enameled cast-iron french…

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Pretty good deal. If I could only have one piece of cookware, it would probably be a Le Creuset french oven. You can do about everything with these, they cook very well, distribute heat evenly, hold temps, are super sturdy and have a good quality enamel coating (better than cheaper dutch ovens), lifetime warranty, etc. They are worth it.

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Nice deal. These will last a lifetime.

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Agreed. I have the 3 1/2 qt one and love it to death.

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These are better than Lodge or Cuisinart brands because they have very straight sides, which makes browning meats much easier.

example....(making up numbers)...
a 10" Lodge pan has a 10" diameter top, but the bottom of the pan is only 7"
whereas a Le Creuset 10" pan has a 9.5" bottom diameter... allowing much much more room for searing/browning meats n' vegs.

My $.02

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Although I own 5+ of these in various sizes, you can get the Tramotina version at Walmart for a fraction of the cost (but the color selection is limited). The Tramontina were tested and rated equal to these on the PBS cooking show; America's Test Kitchen. I also own 2 of these for my Florida residence. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tramontina-Gourmet-6-Quart-Cast-Iron-Covered-Dutch-Oven-with-Stainless-Steel-Knob/19581135

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Le Creuset (and Staub) are still made in France with first-world labor and environmental policies. ALL the other enameled-iron brands are made in China.

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Have a few Martha Stewart at Home enameled dutch ovens which can be had for half the cost and are rated on par with Le Creusets. With Le Creuset you're just paying for the name.

Oh and how about that. Macy's is having a sale on Martha Stewart enameled cast iron cookware. Much cheaper than tanga.

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/martha-stewart-collection-collectors-enameled-cast-iron?ID=643436&CategoryID=30190#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D254%26ruleId%3D65%26slotId%3Drec%282%29

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Here's a link to the deal I posted. Just for comparison:

Martha Stewart Enameled Cast Iron Round 8 Qt for $91.99
5 Qt. Braiser for $84.99
6 Qt. Round for $74.99
3 Qt. Round for $59.99
8 Qt. Oval for $109.99

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Not to be uncouth, but what's the difference between a French Oven and a Dutch Oven? (And NOT the kind under the blankets!)

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Epic gumbo is made in one of these!

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@tcayer: I don't actually think there is a difference. Maybe since Le Creuset is french they called it a french oven. I'm going to have to go look that up....

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@tcayer: nothing. The dutch oven was the original, it had legs so you could put it over hot coals. Over time the design underwent many changes, but there is no single thing that makes these pots dutch or french. Many will tell you that a french oven is just a dutch oven made by the french. Credit it to french arrogance if you like.

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Okay. The internet was not too much help. It seems as though they started out somewhat different but have sort of evolved into being almost the same thing. I know that there are dutch ovens that are made of all sorts of materials but originally they were meant to be hung over a fire or nestled by the coals. I think the french oven/cocotte now usually refers to the Staub/Le Creuset type model.

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Lodge cast iron stuff is made in the USA, but the enamelware is made in China.

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Great product, lousy seller. Good luck receiving exactly what you order.